AUSTIN INTERNATIONAL RESCUE OPERATIONS
| AIRO’s Approach to Relief Work:
Projects are selected to maximize benefits with long-term, sustainable relief. AIRO
projects are designed to create positive ripple effects to all related sectors of the local
economy. This approach helps revitalize entire villages by magnifying the impact of
every relief dollar spent. AIRO’s relief work guiding principles include:
*Employing local workers and craftsmen with expertise in local resources, needs,
traditions, and beliefs
*Promoting local capacity building and ownership
*Maintaining on-site staff for consistent quality control with full language capabilities &
*Offering professional management services & accountability to all partners, vendors &
*Long-term commitment to efficient and effective expenditure of all AIRO resources.
|Emergency Clean Water Relief
AIRO arrived within weeks of the December 2004 tsunami disaster with 30 Katadyn water purification systems that were capable of filtering 200,000
gallons of water each. These portable ceramic filters were demonstrated to tsunami survivors using their own contaminated well water. Each was left
with instructions on assembly, care and use in both English and Bahasa Indonesia.
10, 9-meter fishing boats
Jan. – June, 2005
Partner: Self Funded
Impact: 20 fishing families back to work
Help restore the predominant livelihood of fishing in the village of Krueng Raya, Aceh Province, by commissioning local material suppliers to cut and
mill the wood to specifications; by commissioning and supplying the surviving local craftsman to build fishing boats; and by establishing a Krueng
Raya boat making facility, land cleared, fully equipped and powered to build boats. The boats will be motorized with 40 hp Yamaha motors and used
to activate 35 “keramba” (Indonesian) fishing rigs in the Port of Malahayati.
KRUENG RAYA DEMOGRAPHICS
Pre tsunami: 12,289 Currently: 10,150
Post tsunami: Confirmed Dead: 1,026 Still Missing: 1,113 Current Refugees/homeless: 9,744
Pre tsunami: 75%-Sea Fishing 20%-Brick Making/Farming 5%-Shrimp-Farming
Post tsunami: 30% (400-450) of the fishermen remain
Pre tsunami – 95 operating fishing rigs Post tsunami - 35 seaworthy remaining
“Kerambe” boats operate as small fishing rigs towed out to sea by smaller, 10-meter, 40 hp motorized boats that also shuttle crews and the daily
catch back and forth. Each of the smaller motorized boats service up to four “kerambe” fishing rigs. All of these smaller boats were destroyed in the
disaster, rendering the 35 surviving “keramba” boats inoperable, as both are needed to fish.
Dr. Alwi Shihab, Indonesian Minister of Peoples Affairs, referred AIRO to this village and is supportive of developing long-term plans for livelihood
restoration throughout the region. While many assessments are being made among devastated fishing villages, very little re-building of lost
livelihoods is underway. AIRO has been able to move quickly on this Livelihood Recovery project in part due to its highly focused nature and scope,
and in part due to AIRO’s ability to work effectively on-site, directly with the local population groups, provincial and national authorities, and other
international aid organizations. The overwhelming consensus among these different entities is that this project could and should serve as a model to
be replicated and expanded in tsunami affected fishing villages throughout the Western coast of Sumatra, Indonesia.
Krueng Raya Worksite
On-site project management, Eric Lyman, VP AIRO
Krueng Raya “Panglima Laut” Sea Commander, Zakaria Ahmad
Vice Panglima Laut, Razali Abdulah.
The master boat making craftsmen, Majuki Rasid
Also identified: local crew of nine: one additional highly skilled craftsman, five apprentices, and three laborers.
AIRO WORK DETAIL
AIRO surveyed the village, gathered pre and post tsunami data, conducted several meetings with local authorities, the boat craftsman, woodsman,
provincial and national governmental authorities, and other international aid groups. Land has been cleared and facilities are being set up next to the
same land used for boat construction prior to the tsunami. The facility is being equipped with large tents to work and live in, 6,000-watt power
generators, and all the necessary tools as identified by the Master Boat Craftsman. The local
boat building team is commissioned to build ten, 9-meter boats in three months time. AIRO is also coordinating the acquisition of materials and tools,
supporting the labor costs, and will maintain onsite management in Krueng Raya through the duration of the project.
Land: Currently cleared; UNDP tents and small permanent work structures being erected.
Materials: Supplier in the nearby village of Lamteuba: commissioned to mill cuts to specifications and deliver wood to Krueng Raya worksite
1st delivery: 01-Mar-05 current status: on site
2nd delivery: 14-Mar-05 estimated
3rd delivery: 28-Mar-05 estimated
Tools and Generators: Ordered from Medan – Ship on 28-Feb-05 to Banda Aceh estimated: current status: on site
Tents: Acquired from UNDP: deliver and set up 26-Feb-05 estimated: current status: on site
22, 5-meter fishing boats and fishing kits @ Krueng Raya
July – October, 2005
Partner: LDS Charities
Impact: 44 fishing families back to work
The AIRO boat-building facility in Krueng Raya takes on its second round of boat construction, following up its first 10, 9-meter outboards with 22, 5-
meter inboard traditional Acehnese fishing boats. The AIRO facility is now fully equipped to continue building quality boats of various sizes. AIRO’s
team of local experienced boat builders is directed by a master craftsman and supported with direct training from the UN FAO.
30, 8-meter INS-10 inboard 23hp –Aceh Besar & Calang
Partner: UN Food and Agricultural Organization
Impact: 60 fishermen back to work
AIRO Krueng Raya continues to grow and expand its capacity to build. This project includes 30, 8-meter INS-10 in-board fishing boats. This project
also requires a 10x20 meter boat building shed, an 8x4 meter wood drying rack and a full set of power and hand tools.
The UNFAO kicked off this project with a week of on-site training directly from their boat master craftsman. All boats will be built with 100% galvanized
& stainless steel fasteners, 3-keels, 50% more support structures and overall international standards of quality construction. (See INS-10
30 Indonesian boat builders from 6 different villages trained on UNFAO quality construction standards at AIRO Krueng Raya Boat-Building Facility.
Project Dates: April through July, 2006
Restoration of 6 large fishing vessels @ Lampulo
Construction of 6, 1200-meter fishing nets
Partner: LDS Charities
Impact: 150 fishermen back to work
AIRO has managed the repair of six large fishing vessels (18-meter to 23-meter in length) for boat owners in Lampulo, one of the largest sea ports in
all of Aceh Province and just next-door to AIRO Big Fish Headquarters in Prunayong, Banda Aceh.
AIRO received 26 specific requests to rehabilitate boats that were damaged by the tsunami and assessed as repairable. In many cases the owners
have already done much of the work but need help making their fishing vessels completely sea-worthy again. AIRO was successful in securing
funding for 6 of these rehabilitation projects and have now returned to sea the following large fishing vessels:
“Islamic Relief” – 21-meter for the Village of Lambada Loch
“Bintang Purname” – 23-meter for 15 crew members and owner from Lampulo
“Anak Bunda II” – 18-meter for 12 crew members and owner from Mulia
“Bolivia” – 23-meter for 15 crew members and owner from Lampulo
“Alaska” – 18-meter for 12 crew members and owner from Mulia
“United” – 19-meter for 12 crew members and owner from Lampulo
This project also involved the fabrication of six, 1200-meter x 80-meter “Purse Seine” fishing nets for large fishing vessels in and around Lampulo.
AIRO worked closely with the local fishermen’s co-operative, Loch Krueng Aceh, and prioritized six surviving boats out of 30 that were assessed as
sea-worthy, but needing to be equipped with one of these large nets in order to fish. AIRO, in cooperation with Loch Krueng Aceh, agreed share 6
nets among the 30 boats by allowing 5 boat-owners to share the use of one net – taking turns using it to haul in 1-4 tons of fish on any given over-
night fishing trip.
AIRO was success full in securing funding for 6 of these large nets and these boats have now successfully returned to sea fishing with crews of 12-15
on each boat.
7, 8-meter INS-10 inboard 23hp – Pulu Nasi
AIRO partnered up with Keuhne+Nagel shipping, a very large German shipping company, to provide the Island of Pulu Nasi with 7 AIRO INS-10 boats.
K+N has an office in Jakarta and Management offered to match all staff donations to their own tsunami relief fund. Together they helped bring back
the economy of the small Island of Pulu Nasi. Fourteen island families now have a real means for long-term sustainable livelihood recovery.
50, 8-meter INS-10 inboard 23hp fishing boats built in ARIO KR
Provided to Sub-districts: Meunasah Keudee, Calang, Aceh Sulatan & Aceh Besar
Partner: LDS Charities - Project Dates: Nov. 2006 – March 2007
AIRO has expanded boat building capacity in Krueng Raya by hiring trained boat builders from more rural tsunami-stricken areas to come to Krueng
Raya and build along side Pak Marzuki.
Four FAO trained boat builders from Tanah Pasir and Lhokseumawe relocated to permanent housing AIRO supplied on site in Krueng Raya. A
permanent well was also installed on the AIRO KR worksite.
This project sent the AIRO INS-10, “Cadillac Boat” to sixty different village fishing families throughout Aceh province. This is absolutely the best boat
being built anywhere in Indonesia!
25, INS-6 (7-meter) Nias fishing boats funded by UNFAO to build in Krueng Raya and ship to Nias. Funded by the European Commission on
Humanitarian Aid. Project dates: March 1, 2007 through July 1, 2007
|***Inquire about sponsoring a specific project or boat here***
*Sponsor a project*
*Photocopier for the Village of Krueng Raya
Cost: $1200 US
*Used Truck for AIRO in Banda Aceh
Cost: $20,000 US
*Fishing Kits for AIRO Boats
Cost: $1,000 US/boat
*1200-meter Fishing Nets
Cost: $20,000/net (1200m x 80m)
*Large Fishing Vessel Rehabilitation (18-meter to 23-meter)
Cost: $15,000 US/vessel (average)